875 people accused of obtaining false boat licenses from corrupt Almeria officials

It seems that only the Brits are idiots enough to flog through the hard process of getting a boat license after the Guardia Civil charged 873 people across Spain with fraudulently paying cash to corrupt officials in Almeria to get a fake one. I wrote last year about how the head of Adra’s licensing board was flogging off boat licenses for 350€ apiece. The scam involved him filling in all the paperwork saying the prospective Continue reading 875 people accused of obtaining false boat licenses from corrupt Almeria officials

New Captain and pilot licence law for 2014

Captain and pilot licenses for recreation vessels in Spain will change as from 2014. The whole scheme is coming into the 21st century! All the previous recreational captain licenses for small vessels are being swept away, and a single new license is being introduced (called the PER,  Patrón de Embarcación de Recreo) which will allow you to captain recreational boats of up to 24 meters. Also, this license will allow anyone to sail from any Continue reading New Captain and pilot licence law for 2014